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TNF Inhibitor Induced IgA Vasculitis in IBD

Aug 31, 2021 5:59 pm

A new descriptive series shows an uncommon association between IgA vasculitis (IgAV) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), with most cases interestingly arising after  or during anti-TNF-α therapy.

A retrospectively analysis of the GETAID and FVSG networks identified, 43 patients with both IgAV and IBD, in 38 (88%) the IBD (mainly Crohn’s disease (CD) preceded IgAV by a median interval of 9.2 years.

In these 38 patients, at IgAV diagnosis, 13% had active IBD and 74% were treated with a TNF inhibitor (TNFi) for a median of 31.5 months.

Primary manifestations of IgAV were purpura (100%), arthralgias (57%), renal disease (43%) and gastrointestinal (31%) involvement.

Treatment of IgAV included glucocorticoids (66%), colchicine (16%), cyclophosphamide (16%), and, in half (54%), the TNFi was discontinued.

If TNFi were discontinued, there were no IgAV relapses (compared to 23% who relapsed staying on TNFi).

In the 15 patients who discontinued TNFi, 5 (33%) had IBD flare. When the TNFi was resumed in 6 patients, 4 patients had a subsequent IgAV relapse in 4 (67%).

This cohort study suggests a role for TNFi in promoting the onset of IgAV in IBD. TNFi discontinuation lead to greater odds of vasculitis remission, and but with a risk for IBD relapses.


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